Letter to the editor: Thanks to Sgt. Glen Martinez Memorial 5k Run/Walk and Veterans Golf Tournament supporters

We the Martinez family would like to thank all of you runners, walkers, and golfers who participated in the Sgt. Glen Martinez Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk and Veterans Golf Tournament on May 28. We want to include the people who so graciously donated their time to volunteer their services to make these two events possible to run so smoothly Becky and Joel Tonso, Pat and Cathy Sullivan, Pete Gonzales and Annette Lujan, Michelle Burkhart, Jeri Gonzales and Shawna Jones for registration to Gracie Burkhart for her beautiful singing of the National Anthem.

We would like to thank Leah and Leon Romero for taking care of the water station and making sure everyone remained hydrated. We would like to thank Max Whitmer for the use of the Monte Vista Golf Course and Pro Shop, all his hard work and time put in to make the golf course perfect and also the rest of his staff, Ingrid Watson, Alyssia Torres and Ashley Watson for registering all the golf teams and also for the most delicious lunch after the finish of the golf tournament.

We would like to also thank Mike Sanchez for making the most delicious green chili and Jessica Simmons for her scrumptious burritos, to Dorothy Chambers and Peggy Haley for serving breakfast and making sure all of the participants were taken care of.

Thank you to Linda Pacheco for her broadcasting on the radio station KSLV and the PSA’s of Glen’s events, to the Monte Vista Journal and the Valley Courier for all the great advertising.

Thank you to Jed Ellithorpe Aspen Produce for the donation of potatoes and Top Value for their donation of meat, both for the lunch after the golf tournament, the Monte Vista and Alamosa Safeway stores, City Market, Wal-Mart, Walgreens store and Morgan Thompson for their donations of fruit and beverages.

We would like to thank all the line sponsors for the 5k Run/Walk; James, Janina and Grant Medina, The American Legion Post # 53, Sierra Vista Post # 3228, Hair Experience – Peg Haley, Kris and Jess Gonzales, Hogue’s Glass, Brian Roberts DDS, SLV Building Components, Ron and Pat Rinebarger (in loving memory of Tracy Aaron Rinebarger), Gunbarrel Station, Eddie and Carey Sanchez (in loving memory of Rico Nicholas Sanchez) Van’s Decorating – Della and Van Kimberling, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Monte Vista Takedown Club,  SLV Ski Hi Stampede, INC. and the Rio Grande Seed & Grain.

A special thank you to Carlucci’s Bob, Rita and Family, Jed Ellithorpe and Family, Max Whitmer Monte Vista Golf Course, Mike and Darlene Sanchez, Becky and Joel Tonso.

Also a big thank you to the hole sponsors for the golf tournament: Brian Roberts D.D.S., Rio Grande Savings and Loan, David Hinkley O.D. and Ben Kelloff. Also to Brian Roberts D.D.S. for being a team sponsor for Jake Mellott’s team.

The result of these two events benefits a senior boy and girl with a $1,000 financial boost with the beginning of their higher education. The recipients this year were Daniel Chacon and Moises Juarez.

Glen made the ultimate sacrifice on May 2, 2008 while serving in the United States Marine Corps, Operation Iraqi Freedom. We know Glen would be very proud to know all the support and participation he received from our communities in the valley and from friends and families from Florida, South Dakota, Kansas and various parts of Colorado who unselfishly honor him every Memorial Weekend. We hope that you all enjoyed yourselves, got to visit with long- time friends &relatives and got some good exercise. The Martinez family hopes to see you all next year! May God bless you all! Semper Fi!


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